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Break the routine, he told them, do the unexpected, make it fun. The theme of his talk, with only the vaguest whiff of David Brent, was leadership. "Managers do things right, leaders do the right thing. " He convinced his audience that Nike Air Force 1 High Red And Black
'If I gave you a brush what would you paint?'" Butcher is enjoying this and right now he's more like Jackson Pollock than Turner, flinging dollops of motivational goo everywhere. "You probably think this is rehearsed, but you mentioned art, not me. Maybe the last thing I'd say to my team would be: 'There's a blank canvas waiting for you out there, lads go and paint. ' Now, be honest, do you not feel a little bit motivated? "Still with us, Hibs fans? Brown Air Force Sneaker
be I could ask the players the 'Which artist ?' question. 'What kind of painting best sums up your character?' Maybe it would be bold strokes, demure watercolours, something more abstract or even Andy Warhol style I remember seeing his big exhibition in London. Footballers are clever boys. They're required to live in this bubble and adapt as best they can while coping with so much stuff the fans, the press, Twitter. As a manager you could go quite deep with them here.
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erson? The fans, those Scottish Cup obsessionists, have got to hope so. The latest quest for the holey pail resumes against Raith Rovers today and I'm wondering what will be in his team talk, not least because we're still discussing art and how it could help an anxious dressing room, calming it down then lifting it up. Balloons, feathers and dogs have all done this for Butcher in the past. "It might Nike Air Force Black High Tops
Adolf Hitler (war hero, non smoker, monogamous) was a better leader than Teddy Roosevelt (two mistresses, ten martinis a day) and Winston Churchill (arrogant, opium user, slept until lunchtime) before revealing their identities. But the delegates were left with the impression that the display of leadership that impressed Butcher the most was his eldest son Christopher, an army captain, going first into danger in Afghanistan, "an experience he hadn't told his mother about and never would". Before a game against Celtic Butcher got his Inverness team to blow up balloons and place them on their laps. "Some were big and long, which caused hilarity.
You're probably wresting with an image of bullet headed striker James Collins in a smock, mixing oils of cerise and mauve. You're probably thinking that Pollock, Turner and Ray sound like a useful midfield trio but are wondering who's going to win the ball. And you might be asking: how did such an uncomplicated, rugged, heart of oak, stout yeoman of a defender turn into the kind of manager that the tabloids, in their affectionate way, label "bonkers" and "a nutter"? Well, to you I would say: this club have tried just about everything else, including guys who neither talked a good game or as it turned out played one. Why not Big Tel?Really, I shouldn't have been thrown by Butcher's cultural curveball, having previously watched a video of his powerpoint presentation to a conference of business types.
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